|Posted:||September 21, 2016 01:54 PM|
|From:||Senator John T. Yudichak and Sen. Ryan P. Aument|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Resolution designating October 20, 2016 as Lights On Afterschool Day|
|As co-chairs of the AfterSchool Caucus, we plan to introduce a non-controversial resolution designating October 20, 2016, as Lights On Afterschool Day in Pennsylvania. This will mark the 17th annual national commemoration of the Lights On Afterschool Day, a national event recognizing the importance of afterschool programs in the lives of children, families and communities.
Lights On Afterschool was launched in October 2000 with celebrations in more than 1,200 communities nationwide. This October, more than one million Americans will celebrate Lights On Afterschool at more than 8,000 events nationwide.
Research on the benefits of afterschool programs is clear – it demonstrates that out-of-school hours have a significant influence on the development of children and teenagers’ habits, attitudes and skills that will ultimately help determine their academic and lifetime successes. High-quality afterschool programming improves student achievement, reduces crime by and against youth, and promotes positive social development.
Across Pennsylvania, communities are already working together to develop safe, affordable and enriching afterschool experiences for school-age children and teens. It is vital that the Senate recognize the importance of these programs and support the contributions that providers and volunteers make to improve the lives of our young people.
I hope you will join me in sponsoring this resolution. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office at 787-7105.
Introduced as SR469